THE GEOLOGICAL PATTERN OF CULTURAL EVOLUTION: BERGSONIAN TIME, CULTUREQUAKES, AND MUSLIM-BECOMING IN THE GEOMETRY OF GOD

Posted On Jul 23 2014 by

Uzma Aslam Khan’s 2010 novel, The Geometry of God, is set in contemporary Pakistan, in the Margalla Hills near Islamabad, those foothills of the Himalayas which conceal and occasionally divulge prehistoric elements of the fossil record. Amal is a young paleontologist, and her reading and interpretation of the terrain, both literal and figurative, will contribute to what Michael O’Riley calls a “culturequake,” a “subterranean force that emerges to disrupt the natural order of territory and cultural relations,” wherein topology is defined as “the distances that separate and unite the two worlds.”[1] It is precisely within this contested, obstacle-filled topology that …